I got off a little early today and caught some shop time. I had a nice couple of chunks of ceder and wanted to try my try out. Its a Dwights and French & co. try plane.
I couldn’t help myself.
Now I cleared all that away and continued to hone on my fore plane iron. Its a Alex Mathieson & Sons Glasgow Scotland fore plane.
I have been working on the iron with a honing jig. I have about 4 hours with it on a diamond stone. I would polish the back with my worksharp 3000. Then I finished with 2 grades of arkansas stones and buffed with jewelers rouge and white compound on my drill press. I put it all back together and this was the first lick down a 2 by 4.
It was a little heavy. With some light manipulation of the iron. wala
I am very pleased and this plane needed very little tlc. She is going to do fine.
Now for fore #2. It has S. Ashton Sheffeild On the iron. The toe of the plane has a stamp ” Guarantied English Beech ” From what i can find it is round about 1870. The iron was from a tool maker and the plane was built elsewhere. But from the stamp I bet it also was produced in Great Britain.
Now for some dis-assembly.
The iron is in to be expected condition. Dull and a little rust, plus some antique dark matter yet to be named without some csi equipment.
The wedge has a hefty crack.
Now I covered the sole of the plane with chalk to check flatness.
I sanded it 5 times front to back the 5 times back to front.
This is not that bad so I spent about ten more minutes sanding with 150 grit.
This to me for now is except-able and flat. I dont want to get any deeper into the sole until I get the iorn back in it and see how it shaves.
Now I removed the handle. The 2 screws were from to different time periods. One seems to be of a nickel substance and just a little smaller. There Was some separation of the bottom of the tote. It stayed in the bottom of the tenon. And I am not going to mess with it.
The strike button was some whittled pine someone had placed there some decades ago.
I used a piece of red oak and sanded it down with a taper for a snug fit.
I then cut it proud and oh wait supper is ready. BYE ;)
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